At CHOC, we try and educate the public on the early warning signs of childhood cancer in the hope that an early diagnosis can lead to a positive outcome. We use the St Siluan Warning Signs for Childhood Cancer.
St Siluan’s Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer:
- S – Seek medical help early for ongoing symptoms
- I – White spot in the eye, new squint, sudden blindness or bulging eyeball
- L – Lump on the stomach, pelvis, head, arms, legs, testicle or glands
- U – Unexplained fever present for over two weeks, weight loss, fatigue, pale appearance, easy bruising & bleeding
- A – Aching bones, joints, back and easy fractures
- N – Neurological signs, a change in walk, balance or speech, regression, continuous headaches with / without vomiting & enlarged head
Teenagers, busy with sports and activities, often do not notice the first symptoms of their cancer, or attribute them to other parts of their lifestyle. These are the most common signs to watch out for. If the following symptoms are consistent and unexplained, always see your doctor:
These signs and symptoms can be difficult to spot amidst the normal bumps, bruises, growth spurts and mood swings. However, early detection is key; by knowing the common signs of cancer in young people, you could help save a life.